For Working Parents, Balance is the Answer

For Working Parents, Balance is the Answer

Photos by Feather Nest Photography Mornings in the Butler home start out with playtime and breakfast with their two children before it’s off to work for Courtney Cochran Butler and her husband Jeff Butler. Courtney and Jeff are partners at Andrews Kurth, where they are both transactional attorneys. Their nanny...
A House for Any Age: Daughter Designs Perfect House for Parents

A House for Any Age: Daughter Designs Perfect House for Parents

Photography by Claudia Casbarian From the outside, Tom and Carolyn Caldwell’s house on Oberlin is a beautiful, inviting home with its steep roof and welcoming porch. On the inside, it is a thoughtfully designed space perfect for homeowners at any stage in their life. This 3,400 square foot LEED Gold...
Wild and Wonderful: Councilwoman ‘Recharges Batteries’ at Houston Zoo

Wild and Wonderful: Councilwoman ‘Recharges Batteries’ at Houston Zoo

For nearly 15 years, Mardi Turner has volunteered as a docent at the Houston Zoo. She talks to zoo visitors and answers questions, and enjoys seeing the expressions on children’s faces as they spot one of the gorillas for the first time or touch a snake. She has also spent hours on birth watch...
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Playtime and Special Memories a Priority for the Schaaf Family

Playtime and Special Memories a Priority for the Schaaf Family

Photos by Kimberlee Combs Photography There’s a sign above Kathrin Schaaf’s kitchen sink that reads, “Good moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens, and happy kids.” Kathrin says she lives by that saying and would rather leave dishes in the sink so she can be making memories with her children. “I want them to remember how...
First Birthday Party ‘Fit for a Princess’

First Birthday Party ‘Fit for a Princess’

Photos by White Frames Photography For Mahnoor Rashid’s first birthday, her parents Haroonur and Mahwish Rashid planned a royal celebration fit for a princess. The party was held at the Marriott Energy Corridor Houston Hotel on January 2, 2016. More than 80 people came to celebrate Mahnoor’s first birthday, which featured dinner, dancing and a...
For the Owen Family, Teamwork is the Key

For the Owen Family, Teamwork is the Key

Photos by Beth Horn Photography On October 16, 2015 Brittany and Richard Owen welcomed their son Michael to the world. He weighed nine pounds and was induced after 41 weeks and two days. Six weeks after he was born, Brittany went back to work. “Like any mommy I cried on that first day back,” she...
The Yip Family: A Leader, A Comic and a Snuggler

The Yip Family: A Leader, A Comic and a Snuggler

Photo by Lena Marie Photography Vicky Yip says that if their house had a name it would be “shenanigans.” Vicky is a stay at home mom to three children, Toby, 6, Kelsey, 4, and Jesse, who is 15 months old. Her husband, Patrick, works for a private equity firm. “It’s not a chore, it’s a...
For the Anwer Family, Milestones are the ‘Moments You Live For’

For the Anwer Family, Milestones are the ‘Moments You Live For’

When Bilal and Shawana Anwer bought their West U home, Shawana was pregnant with their second child. They welcomed their daughter Yashal on April 14, 2015. Bilal is an interventional radiologist and Shawana is a stay at home mom. Their son Aariz is two. He was born in California where Bilal was doing his fellowship....
With Twins, the Arora Family is Always on the Go

With Twins, the Arora Family is Always on the Go

Photos by Meredith Flaherty Photography When Roshni Arora talks about motherhood, she says she is thankful she gets to be a mother. Roshni and her husband, Vivek, took a different path to parenthood but arrived at the same destination with two happy and healthy babies. Roshni and Vivek welcomed their twins, Karishma and Kishan, on...
Sweet Smiles Mean No More Bad Mornings

Sweet Smiles Mean No More Bad Mornings

Paula Whitten-Doolin will always remember the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao because it was the day she went into labor. Paula was due on May 18, 2015 but on May 2 while her husband Oliver was out with friends watching the fight, she started to feel like something wasn’t...
For McInturf Family, Parenthood has Moments of Chaos and Bliss

For McInturf Family, Parenthood has Moments of Chaos and Bliss

For 10 years, Carrie and Tim McInturf attended the same church but never met. After being set up on a blind date they fell in love and their life together took off. On their 10 month wedding anniversary, their son Luke was one day old. When their daughter Abbie was born 16 months later, they...

Golf to Support West U Elementary

The West University Elementary School Golf Tournament will be held on February 15 and is open to the community. The event will be held at the Wildcat Golf Club, located at 12000 Almeda Road. It will include a luncheon, an 18-hole scramble, and an awards ceremony. Organized by West U Elementary parents, the Golf Tournament...
Ruskin Home Lasts Just Four Days on the Market

Ruskin Home Lasts Just Four Days on the Market

By C&K Properties — Photography by TK Images In the midst of a turbulent oil market and a traditionally slow time of year for home sales, the real estate market remains strong in West U – particularly if your home is located at 4148 Ruskin Street. The home is situated on a corner lot and...